High value Competitive charges


nplaw offers clients the choice of:

  • a full or partial service on an annual basis;
  • specific legal services on an ad hoc basis;
  • short term legal services provided at short notice – either to help in a crisis or as an alternative to employing one or more locums to cover staff absences.

Financially, nplaw is run in a manner recognisable to any private practice with time recording and case management systems in place. We generally charge on an hourly basis and offer highly competitive rates, but we are happy to work together with our clients to agree mutually acceptable charging arrangements within the constraints of their budgets. We can offer fixed fees, capped hourly rates and, in some circumstances, “cost neutral” arrangements such as deducting our fees from the proceeds of enforced sales. Unless otherwise agreed, we bill clients on a monthly basis and we provide our clients with accurate and comprehensive case management information on request. Our hourly fees are reviewed annually.

For further information, please contact
Chris Reynolds at chris.reynolds@norfolk.gov.uk or on 01603 222215


Fixed fees for CPO work and enforced sales


nplaw charges a fixed fee for a non‑contested CPO of a single plot. If there are objections that lead to an inquiry or written representations, we charge an additional fee at an hourly rate. VAT and disbursements are additional to the fixed fee and hourly rate.

For an estimate of our fees for a multiple plot CPO, please contact
Jane Linley at jane.linley@norfolk.gov.uk or on 01603 223811

Enforced sales

nplaw charges a fixed fee (excluding VAT and disbursements) for the enforced sale of a single plot, which covers both the enforced sale procedure and the subsequent conveyance of the property to the new owner.

For an estimate of our fees for the enforced sale of a single or multiple plots, please contact Catherine Hastings at catherine.hastings@norfolk.gov.uk or on 01603 223046


Parish Council subscription service

We offer town, parish and community councils a subscription service which we believe offers excellent value for money. For an annual charge of £400 plus VAT, nplaw will provide up to ten hours advice and assistance. The subscription year runs from the date upon which the service is agreed, and there is no limit to the number of matters that a subscriber can refer to us during the year. If the ten hour limit on advice and assistance is reached during the subscription year, we will notify the subscriber and provide a quote for any further work that it may refer to us. Matters likely to be covered by the subscription service include:

  • advising by telephone, email or letter on issues such as council powers and responsibilities, short contracts and employment law;
  • writing letters or emails to third parties on the subscriber’s behalf; and
  • reviewing policies and codes of conduct.

More complicated matters which might exceed the ten hour limit include framing planning objections or advising on community infrastructure levies. If we consider that the time spent on any such matter is likely to exceed the remaining time available under the subscription service, we will notify the subscriber at the outset.

For further information, please contact
David Johnson at david.johnson@norfolk.gov.uk or on 01603 223247 or
Jane Linley at jane.linley@norfolk.gov.uk or on 01603 223811


Schools subscription service

The nplaw school subscription service is a simple way for head teachers and school governors to ensure access to a full range of legal services. It is available to both local authority maintained schools and academies. For an annual fee currently based on a charge of 48 pence per pupil with a minimum charge of £60 for small schools, nplaw will provide specialist advice on issues of:

Usually we provide advice by telephone or email, but we will attend meetings in person where this is more appropriate. The subscription year runs from 1st April to 31st March for maintained schools and 1st September to 31st August for academies (but clients may subscribe part way through a year for the appropriate proportion of the annual fee).

Alternatively, for further information, please contact
Mike Garwood at mike.garwood@norfolk.gov.uk or on 01603 223389